Types of Concrete Coatings
If the concrete in your garage is boring but you have a tight budget, the concrete sealer may be right for you. This coating is incredibly affordable and offers many benefits for its budget-friendly price. Concrete sealer is resistant to stains and the bit of shine it offers can give a great finish to your garage floor making it look new. While it is true concrete sealer has to be done every few years or so to maintain its appearance, it only costs around $0.15-$0.25 per square foot and is easily done as a DIY project keeping you within your budget.
Concrete Floor Paint
If you’re looking for something budget-friendly and beautiful look no further than concrete floor paint! Concrete floor paint is perfect if you’re looking for something based more on aesthetics that isn’t going to cost an arm and a leg. For a quick and easy beauty upgrade, concrete paint can be done as a DIY project with either latex or oil-based paint. With some prep work to fill cracks, you can transform a stained concrete floor into something amazing with paint and a roller. With concrete paint, you can expect to have to touch up the area every one to three years, but at $0.15-$2.00 a square foot, it won’t go out of budget.
Acrylic Concrete Sealers
Acrylic concrete sealers are available in both water-based and solvent-based sealers. This coating type can protect the surface of your concrete and is available in many different colors and sheen levels. This coating is much thinner than polyurethane sealers and epoxy coatings, so while they may wear faster than these coatings they are full of benefits for the price. Acrylic concrete sealers are easily applied and offer protection against things like water intrusion.
Installing a Concrete Coating
Applying a concrete sealer can be done by either a professional or as a DIY project. After the prep work is done and you have a clean slab to work with you are ready to begin the true application process. If there is an existing sealer on the concrete this must be removed to ensure an even coat. After this is done an etching solution is then applied to open up the concrete. Then, a thin layer of sealer is applied. After this is allowed to dry another coat is applied in the opposite direction. Finally, this layer is allowed to dry and you can enjoy your newly sealed concrete surface.
If you’re looking to brighten your space with a coat of concrete paint the process is simple. While you may still want to look to professionals to ensure the paint is done evenly and correctly, this can be done as a DIY project just the same. Of course, the first step is preparing the surface and ensuring it is properly clean and any cracks or blemishes are patched. Depending on the type of paint or even the color, a primer must then be applied to give an even color to the area. After this primer has been applied and allowed to dry, you can apply your first coat of paint. Next, it is important to scrape away any bumps on the surface and sand any area that the paint didn’t properly adhere to. Finally, add your final coat of paint and allow it to dry to create a beautifully painted garage floor.
Epoxy flooring offers many different designs and colors to meet your personal needs and designs. While you could attempt to do this coating on your own it is best to reach out to a professional. Not only do they have all the necessary tools, but epoxy flooring can be tricky to maneuver. The first step is going to be making sure the entire area is clean and free of any dust or dirt and all cracks and blemishes are repaired as these can show through with epoxy. After the cleaning and prep work is done, the floor is wet. A power scrubber and degreaser are ideal for this step in the application process. Next, an acid etching mixture is applied which helps the epoxy properly adhere to the concrete. Epoxy is then mixed and the true application begins. First, the borders are done working inward with a roller or squeegee to do the rest of the floor. A second coat can then be applied and once dried a protective sealant is applied.